An estimated 50 million viewers were watching as country crooner McCreery was revealed to be lip-syncing at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.
Meanwhile, Alaina can now join the pantheon of singers -- yes, we mean you Christina Aguilera, Cyndia Lauper and ... um ... Scotty McCreery -- who've flubbed the national anthem on live TV.
Poor old Scotty missed his cue just as the NBC cameras zoomed in for a close-up at at the beginning of 'The Trouble With Girls.' D'oh! For a cringeworthy few seconds -- which probably felt like eternity for him -- we could hear his voice, but he obviously wasn't singing. He caught up at last, but not before millions winced in sympathy.
Performing 'The Star-Spangled Banner' before the Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers game, Alaina started off okay but then seemed to forget the words. Ouch. After singing "What so proudly we hailed," she just stopped halfway through the word "twilight." Silence fell. And lasted just long enough for some of the crowd to start heckling.
Hey, we've all had that rabbit-in-the-headlights moment when your brain freezes and you can't even remember your own name or what you had for breakfast, so let's not be too harsh. Thankfully Alaina manged to keep it together and after a few seconds of silence, picked up the line again with "Whose broad stripes and bright stars", and then managed to sing the rest without incident. Phew.
Later on Alaina tweeted: "Thank you everyone for the kind words. But the truth is I messed up. I'm gonna spend the rest of the day being thankful for all my blessings."